Last week, we told you how even at the end of a tumultuous year for the local dining scene, new restaurants are taking aim at 2009. Here's a few more. — Laura Reiley and Sheryl Kay
• After introducing Mitchell's Fish Market to Tampa in 2006, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants will add another property to International Plaza (2205 N West Shore Blvd.) on Jan. 23. Ocean Prime, the Modern American Supper Club, aims to be "sexy, sophisticated and fun." "Back in the day, a supper club was the place to be. The vibe was hip, the food amazing and everyone had the time of their lives. At Ocean Prime, we've revived and redefined this great dining tradition," Ocean Prime general manager Brandon Davis says. The menu will include fresh seafood, prime steaks and handcrafted cocktails. There's a also retro vibe to it: aged Wisconsin cheddar fondue, truffle deviled eggs and oysters Rockefeller. The restaurant has five private dining rooms, patio terrace with outdoor dining and a 1,600-square-foot cocktail lounge. Ocean Prime will serve lunch daily from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner nightly: Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. For reservations, call (813) 490-5288.
• A bit of brogue comes to Carrollwood with the opening of Tilted Kilt. The Celtic-themed sports pub, which also has a Clearwater location, is moving into the former Thomasville furniture store in the Grand Plaza shopping center. The first Tilted Kilt opened in Las Vegas in 2003 and became recognized for its servers clad in knee-high socks and short, plaid kilts. One of the founders, John Reynaud, is opening the new location. "We combine sex appeal with a very upscale and warm environment," Reynaud says." In addition to stouts, lagers and drafts, the menu includes the 10-ounce Kick Arse Burger ($8.49 with fries), Danny Boy's Shepherd's Pie ($11.99) and TK Signature Wings ($8.99 with fries). Reynaud said he hopes to open the site at 14457 N Dale Mabry Highway in February. Pub hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. See tiltedkilt.com.
• Owners promise a well-done pizza at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, soon to open at 13020 N Dale Mabry Highway. The secret, Ben Novello says, is in the ingredients, and cooking the pizzas in his proprietary 800-degree, coal-burning ovens. "You haven't tried authentic pizza until you've had coal-fired pizza," says Novello, area developer for Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza of West Florida. In addition to pizza, menu favorites include oven-roasted chicken wings with caramelized onions and focaccia bread. Inside, patrons will find a high-energy atmosphere that includes dark wood tables and black and white photos of John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe and the Rat Pack lining the walls. Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza opens in January. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday noon to 9 p.m. For more information, call 265-2625.